Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The disease could progress to chronic hepatitis if left undiagnosed or untreated over a period of time. It could lead to liver Cirrhosis or Liver cancer.
Types of Hepatitis
There are 5 types of Hepatitis viruses: Hepatitis ‘A’, Hepatitis ‘B’, Hepatitis ‘C’ and Hepatitis ‘E’. Hepatitis can be prevented, diagnosed, treated and even cured
Hepatitis B and C viruses are usually spread through surgical instruments, use of needles and razor blades.
What is Hepatitis ‘A’?
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). It does not lead to chronic liver disease but needs a regular diagnosis, tests from a qualified physician.
The symptoms could include severe tiredness, upset stomach, loss of appetite, diarrhea and passing dark yellow urine.
What is Hepatitis ‘B’?
Hepatitis ‘B’ is a severe form of Viral hepatitis which causes jaundice, debility and infects the blood.
Causes for Hepatitis ‘B’
It is caused by Hepatitis ‘B’ virus which is transmitted through blood and infected bodily fluids. Hepatitis ‘B’ can also be spread from an infected mother to her child. Hepatitis ‘B’ is not caused by sneezing or coughing. It can be transmitted through semen, vaginal fluid & blood.
Some vaccines such as Remobivax HB are used to prevent Hepatitis ‘B’ infection.
Some of the most common side effects of Recombivax are:
- Redness, soreness, and swelling
- Sore throat
- Mild fever
- Dizziness, Reddening of the skin
What is Hepatitis ‘C’?
Hepatitis C is a viral liver disease which is blood borne and transmitted from one human to another. In India, nearly 12-32 percent of liver cancer and 10-20 percent of Cirrhosis cases are caused by HCV infection. (Hepatitis ‘C’)